Kingfisher Inn's Fishing Calendar
and the flies we use
||The early part of January offers
some of the best winter fishing that we have. This is a great
time for finding world-record size trout on the flats with redfish in
certain locales. As a rule, the water temperatures hover in the low to
mid-60s, and the fish are quite willing to take a fly. Spoon flies, Mother's Day Flies, deceivers, seaducers.
|February||Similar to January.
tides rise in March due to
the position of the sun. Beginning in March, the juvenile brown shrimp
redfish into the westside lagoons, where they begin podding. Trout will
often encircle the podding reds, too. Laughing
gulls feed above the podding fish. Wind can be fierce in March, but if
the birding action is "on," we usually do well. Clousers and Kingfisher
spoons for podding reds and trout. The east side can be exceptional,
too, on sunny days. The fish move onto the sand midday, and so we start
on the west side and move onto the sand after lunch. People worry about
the wind, but unless the wind is over 25 mph, the podding and the sand
action make for excellent fishing even on breezy days. Double digit
days become common, beginning in mid-March.
is very similar to March, except that the cold fronts begin to subside, and
the southeast wind becomes more reliable. The "birding
action" reaches its peak, and double-digit days are common.
Poppers, clousers and spoons on the west
side; clousers and crabs on the east side. The east side "sand" action
offers excellent opportunies on sunny days.
||The birding action declines, but the podding on the west side continues. Some of the west side lagoons can be full of tailing pods of reds at daybreak. Also, the east side "turns on," as the reds and trout pour onto the "sand" during midday and the afternoon. Ladyfish begin to swarm all over the east side. Double digit days are not uncommon when the sand action is at its best. VIP poppers, MDFs, and Kingfisher spoons (unweighted flies) on the west side. Clousers and crabs for reds, baitfish patterns for trout, and clousers and flashy flies for ladyfish on the east side.|
||The tides fall in mid-June, and the water warms, drawing the brown shrimp toward the deeper water. The reds may be found podding along the Intracoastal, or feeding singly in the shallow, clear water of the west side lagoons, and the on the east side, too. The largely unknown phenomenon -- the "redfish parade" -- begins in certain westside venues, often creating spectacular topwater action in bootie deep water from daybreak until late morning. Stalking tailing redfish from daybreak until late morning characterizes June through August, as the lower tides make the fish especially visible. Big trout can be seen tailing near the ICW in the morning. Numerous small trout can be caught on poppers along the edge of the ICW at daybreak. VIP poppers, MDFs, and spoons on the west side; clousers and flashy flies (for ladyfish) on the east side.|
as June, perhaps the best overall month (with August) of the year for
the redfish parade, and individual tailing action. People often worry
about the daytime temperatures, but the bay water usually mitigates the
summer heat, along with a sea breeze that comes up after daybreak. Big
trout action near the Intracoastal.
||Same as July.
||A transitional month. The tides rise in September, and
the redfish begin to pod in the westside lagoons again, this time
feeding on the white shrimp population that is nearing maturity, and
crabs. The sand is usually very good in Setptember.
||The birding action resumes and continues through November.
begin schooling in preparation for their late autumn spawning near the
action continues, but cold
fronts begin to increase in frequency, making it necessary for visiting
anglers to watch the forecast, and be ready to reschedule if necessary.
A great month, however, characterized by stunning daybreak action, and
excellent sand action.
||The tides fall again around the
first of December, creating better sight casting opportunities than the autumn months. December
offers some of the highest-catching days, as the reds feed on small
crabs in the west side lagoons. The fish eat substantial amounts of fin fish through the
winter, as well. VIPs, MDFs and spoons on the west side. Clousers, seaducers and
deceivers on the east side.